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"Executive Compensation: Avoiding Proxy Litigation and Say-on-Pay Pitfalls in 2014"

The spotlight on executive compensation further intensified during 2013, the third season under the Dodd-Frank Act’s “say-on-pay” rules, with the release of additional disclosure requirements and increased risks of...more

SEC Update

PROXY SEASON PREVIEW - Say-on-Pay and Equity Compensation Plans - Although say-on-pay votes are only advisory in the United States, they will likely continue to be a focus for many companies in the upcoming 2014...more

Executive Compensation Considerations for 2014

Executive compensation is a topic that just won’t go away, particularly with pay disparity and pay for performance regulations still looming. We highlight below some of the matters directors should be considering as they...more

Planning for the 2014 Annual Meeting and Reporting Season

In This Issue: - Incorporate lessons from 2013 say-on-pay results - Prepare for new Form SD (Specialized Disclosure) filing requirements - Ensure compliance with revised listing standards related to compensation...more

Say No More: The Latest Blow to Suits Challenging Proxy Disclosures About Say-On-Pay and Stock Incentive Plans

Over the past eighteen months, public companies have drafted their annual proxy statements knowing that they could become the next target of a new wave of disclosure lawsuits. Those suits have challenged the adequacy of...more

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel (Cumulative)

As forecast, there is no shortage of law firm memos describing Regulation D changes, including the final rules eliminating the general solicitation ban (here) and prohibiting "bad actor" participation (here) and the proposed...more

Two Recent Say-On-Pay Decisions

Courts have recently rendered two say-on-pay decisions. ...more

Court Strikes Down Shareholder Suit Challenging Compensation Disclosures

On August 2, 2013, a California Superior Court struck down a putative class action brought by shareholders challenging compensation disclosures in a proxy statement in connection with an advisory “say-on-pay” vote....more

Attacks on Proxy Statement Compensation Disclosure

Litigation challenging equity compensation exploded in 2012 and shows no signs of slowing, with a storm of lawsuits targeting Rule 10b5-1 trading plans threatening to strike for 2013 as well...more

Court Dismisses Another Say-On-Pay Disclosure Case

The District Court for the Northeastern District of Illinois recently granted a Rule 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss an action styled Noble v. AAR Corp. The plaintiff alleged that the company failed to provide adequate...more

Open Season on Proxy Statements? Entrepreneurial Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Target Executive Compensation Disclosure

As we enter the 2013 proxy season, companies should be aware of a new flavor of shareholder litigation. Some of the same firms that routinely attack M&A transactions have set their sights on a new target: attacking...more

Symantec Beats Litigation Challenging Proxy Disclosures For Annual Meeting

A California court recently granted Symantec’s demurrer in a lawsuit that challenged its proxy statement disclosures in connection with an annual meeting. For those of us who haven’t been to law school recently, a demurrer...more

Small Business Securities Bulletin - Smaller Reporting Companies Become Subject to Say-on-Pay in 2013; New Iran/Terrorism...

A periodic bulletin keeping small businesses informed about current developments in securities law and related matters. For the first time, smaller reporting companies are subject, in 2013, to the stockholder advisory...more

Planning for the 2013 Annual Meeting and Reporting Season

As companies prepare for the 2013 annual meeting and reporting season, we have compiled an overview of the corporate governance and disclosure matters that companies should consider as they draft this season’s disclosure...more

Preparing 2013 Proxy Statements and Periodic Reports

As you gear up to prepare your 2013 proxy statement and periodic reports, it is essential to keep in mind some recent changes and developments that may affect your company's disclosure in these documents. For 2013, three new...more

Disclosure tips for 2013

The proxy and annual reporting season has begun, with relatively few changes in reporting requirements from last year. Here are some tips to take you through the season and prepare for changes to come. 1. Consider the...more

"Executive Compensation and Benefits Alert: Annual Meeting Litigation: How to Prepare"

As the 2013 proxy season is now underway, companies should be aware of the recent wave of lawsuits alleging breaches of fiduciary duties by management and directors in connection with compensation-related decisions. These...more

Considerations for the 2013 Form 10-K and Annual Proxy Season

The upcoming 2013 proxy season will likely be impacted by new policies issued by proxy advisers, as well as shareholder activists taking advantage of previously adopted rules, rather than by recent legislative or rulemaking...more

A Proxy Season Update -- Preparing for 2013

As the landscape surrounding proxy materials and annual report disclosures continues to shift, it is important for public companies to anticipate such changes and ensure they are best positioned to respond. Below is a summary...more

Reviewing the 2012 Proxy Season and Preparing for 2013

The 2012 proxy season will likely be remembered as an evolutionary, rather than revolutionary, year at the corporate ballot box. Many of the trends seen in 2011—the first year of mandatory say-on-pay—continued in 2012, with...more

Emerging Growth Company IPO Filings Initially Embrace JOBS Act's Reduced Executive Compensation Disclosure Requirements

On April 5, 2012, the President signed into law the “Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act” (JOBS Act). The JOBS Act also allows small businesses to harness “crowdfunding,” expands “mini-public offerings,” and streamlines the...more

Congress Has Adopted Legislation to Facilitate Public and Private Capital Formation by Emerging Growth Companies

Congress passed legislation that, if signed as expected by President Obama, will allow companies to raise capital more easily in both the private and public markets. As reported in our client alert dated March 14, 2012, the...more

House Passes JOBS Act—Legislation Would Facilitate Public and Private Capital Formation by Emerging Growth Companies

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation that, if approved by the Senate and enacted into law, would allow companies to raise capital more easily in both the private and public markets. On March 8, 2012, the...more

The Dodd Frank Act: A Guide to the Corporate Governance, Executive Compensation, and Disclosure Provisions

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Act”)1 became law on July 21, 2010. The primary purpose of the Act is to identify and manage threats to the stability of the nation’s financial system, such...more

Corporate and Securities Alert - “Say on Pay” Final Rules

On January 25, 2011, the SEC issued final rules (“Final Rules”) designed to implement provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act relating to shareholder approval of executive compensation and golden parachute compensation arrangements....more

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